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Examples of "I'm Organic" food labels on fruit storage containers.


Supplyline only offer the highest quality ribbons from the market leading manufacturers that include Armor, ITW Thermal Films, Inkanto, Richoh & Sony plus all the genuine branded ribbons from Zebra, Honeywell and Toshiba. This enables us to meet any ribbon requirement with the perfect grade or ribbon type ensuring not only perfect print every time but also the correct resistance or protection to last the life of the product or application.

Buy Printer & Coding Ribbons from Supplyline, one of the largest resellers of Printer & Coding Ribbons in the Industry, we sell at the most competitive price and carry by far the largest stock range in the UK.

Challenge us to save you money, improve your print quality and increase the life of your printer or printhead, we wont be beaten on price.


Sandwich labels with Armor inkanto APR 6 Wax/Resin Ribbon

A reliable and competitive ink to print millions of sandwiches. Following a technical and commercial evaluation phase for a number of Thermal Transfer ribbons on the market, this UK sandwich producer selected the inkanto Wax-Resin APR®6 ribbon.

The competitive advantages that made the difference for the APR®6 are:

Food landing page Marking Sandwich Packaging

A print solution integrated within the packing line

Direct printing on flexible plastic film is very widespread in the food processing industry (pasta, chips, frozen products, etc.), in the hardware sector (nails, screws, bolts, etc.), for certain cosmetics (samples of cream and other liquids) and pharmaceutical products (personalised doses of medicines).

Printers designed for printing directly onto packaging films are integrated within the packing line and certain models are able to meet the requirements of high-throughput applications, operating at speeds of up to 1 meter per second.

Food landing page Flexible Packaging Printingprint lot flexible packaging

Quality printing for durable information

Thermal Transfer offers maximum flexibility for customising packaging: alpha-numeric characters, logos and barcodes all have a good visual finish for easier reading. To avoid an expiry date or barcode being erased, a Thermal Transfer ribbon must be selected that offers resistance to the constraints of the packaging process and utilisation of the product: abrasion, handling, foodstuffs, chemicals, etc.

inkanto ribbons for flexible packaging films

The inkanto ribbons designed for printing on flexible packaging offer a solution to the demands of durability, print speed and cost.

The Wax-Resin inks (APR® or APX® range) for near-edge printers offer the best combination of print quality, speed and cost, while the Resin inks (AXR® range) are the best suited to demanding applications in terms of durability.

inkanto inks are also available in white, metallic and various colors for printing on coloured packaging films.

inkanto ribbons enable producers to comply with European regulations (1935/2004/EC) and US FDA requirements.

APR 600 Datasheet APR 650 Datasheet AXR 600 Datasheet

Product box identification labels and barcodes

In many industries the collection, transportation, storage and distribution of products is carried out using plastic or wooden crates: food processing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, horticulture, textiles, etc.

Variable information printed on crate labels is used to identify the contents and to route them to a particular location depending on the position in the logistics chain. One illegible barcode or faded batch number and the entire logistics chain can be disrupted and even lead to the delivery being rejected by the customer.

Agri FoodTray Crate Labeling

Box label printing constraints

The production, storage and transportation environments to which the boxes and crates are exposed can have an impact on the durability and legibility of the printed message.

The agricultural and horticultural sectors require printing that is resistant to humidity, outdoor temperatures and UV light. Storage and handling conditions of crates in the manufacturing sector can lead to label abrasion. In automotive and aeronautics there is the risk of the label becoming tainted by substances present on operators’ gloves. And finally, the re-utilisation of crates and boxes in the food-processing and pharmaceuticals industries requires cleaning and sterilisation to be carried out using detergents.

Label printing technology by Thermal Transfer is compatible with all these requirements provided that the most appropriate label material and ink are used.

inkanto ribbons for box and crate label printing

inkanto Thermal Transfer ribbons enable perfectly legible labels to be printed for the logistics identification and tracking of boxed products.

Wax Thermal Transfer ribbons (AWR® / AWX® ribbons) from inkanto offer excellent compatibility with entry-level paper labels and certain types of coated paper. This very competitive combination is recommended for environments with low demands in terms of resistance.

Wax-Resin inks (APR® / APX® inks) offer a guarantee of enhanced print durability and a superior quality of finish on coated paper (mat or gloss).

inkanto Resin ribbons (AXR® ribbons) are the best solution for environments with particularly high demands in terms of resistance.

Ideal for printing variable data

AWX FH Datasheet APR6 Datasheet AWR8 Datasheet

Fresh Fruit & Produce from ITW

With increasing requirements like those published in the GS1 guide on food traceability, the food industry must have a reliable way to identify their products for safety and efficiency, as well as maintaining visibility of their products throughout the supply chain. Generally, flexible resin enhanced wax and wax/resin thermal transfer ribbons are used in this high volume sector where legibility and durability such as scratch, abrasion and UV resistance may be required. PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) wax/resin products offer a flexible, durable and extreme solution for these applications including ribbons that have received recognition and authorization for use in fresh produce and food contact label applications that may or will have direct food contact.

In addition, ITW Thermal Films also offers a white wax/resin ribbon that provides quick visual recognition of price codes, date codes, lot codes and other variable imagery that is printed on flexible packaging often used for fresh fruit and produce.

Log on to ITW Thermal Films Extreme Solutions™ to find the PrintheadSaver® ribbon/label combination that meets your requirements.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for fresh fruit and produce applications include:

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Our ribbons can meet the following certifications :
Food Contact Europe RoHS Halogens
Heavy Metals Marine shipping (BS5609) California Proposition 65
REACH/SVHC Food Contact USA Print durability (UL)
Drug Master File

3M Polyester Ink Jet Receptacle Recyclable Labels
A4 Laser Labels Jet Gloss 90 Sheet Labels
Anodised Aluminium Laser Labels Sprocket Fed
Blockout/Blackout Loop Tags Tags
Clear laminates Metallised Silver/Polyester Tamper Evident
Clear PE Oven Proof Tactile
Clear PP Paper Direct Thermal (Eco or Topcoat) Tickets
Domed Paper Thermal Transfer (Matt Vellum or Gloss) Vinyl
Dot Matrix Labels Polyester (PET) Void
Fabric & Woven Labels Polyethylene (PE) Ultra Destruct
Fan Fold Labels Polypropylene (PP) Window Stickers
Fan Fold Tags & Tickets PVC
Garden Centre Tags Peel & Reveal


Acrylic based High Tack Ultra High Tack
Blockout / Blackout Peelable Ultra Low Tack
Chilled Permanent Void
Fastyre Rubber Based Water Resistant
Freezer Tamper Evident


Chemicals Handling Scuff Proof
Extreme High Temperature Moisture Sea & Salt Water (BS5609 Standard)
Extreme Low Outdoor Exposure Solvents
Grease Scratch Proof UV Exposure


Coding Ribbons Colours Full/Resin Ribbons
Coding Ribbons Full/Resin Hot Foil Ribbons
Coding Ribbons Wax/Resin Near Edge Wax/Resins Ribbons
Cold Stamping Ribbons Near Edge Full/Resins Ribbons
Colour Ribbons (Primary & Metallic) Premium Wax Ribbons
Chemical Ribbons (chemical resistant) Standard Wax Ribbons
Enhanced Wax Ribbons Washable Ribbons (Textile / Clothing Printing